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New Al-Zawahiri Tape Refers to Attack on Him This Month

30 January 2006

Al-Qaida's second-in-command says the United States failed to kill him with an airstrike earlier this month in Pakistan.

In a videotape broadcast Monday on Arabic language al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahiri says the attack killed several innocents. The video shows the fugitive leader sitting in front of a black backdrop.

Al-Zawahiri asks President Bush if he knows where to find him and then answers the question himself, saying he is among "the masses of Muslims" and enjoying their support and protection.

Al-Zawahiri also says the United States ignored a truce offer made by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a videotape broadcast two weeks ago if American forces withdrew from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The White House flatly rejected the offer of a truce, saying the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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